Sophie’s Irresistible Universe

I finished Sophie’s Mandala a couple of days ago and couldn’t wait to start Sophie’s Universe. So I did! 

I first became aware of this beautiful pattern a couple of years ago but only plucked up the courage to get stuck in last month. Parts 1-3 can stand alone as a mandala, and completing it was a great way to gain the confidence to finally start working on the Universe. The pattern is magnificent – not only beautiful but incredibly detailed in terms of instructions, photographs, pointers and links to stitch tutorials. 

My mandala is not perfect, but in the making and sharing of my work I discovered that a small mistake that’s blindingly obvious to me is most likely unnoticeable to anyone else, and ultimately won’t take away from the finished piece as a whole. Indeed, the designer herself, Dedri Uys, commented on my Instagram, telling me that she keeps at least one little imperfection in every project – and she complimented me on my neat tension, and my colours! I’ve not been that excited about a brush with celebrity since the first time I saw my elusive neighbour Russel Crowe in the village cafรฉ ๐Ÿ˜ And with encouragement like that, how could I not grab my hook and yarn and start Sophie’s Universe immediately! I’m just coming to the end of Part 3 now, so almost into exciting unchartered waters ๐Ÿ™‚

As an aside, while I was working on the mandala, I listened to Marie Segares interview Dedri on the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show. Dedri talks a lot about the creation of Sophie, and is very candid about her experiences as a designer. It’s a fun and inspiring podcast and well worth a listen. I’m quite new to the world of podcasts in general and crochet podcasts in particular, but I’m already finding some great crochet chat out there – I’ll compile a list to share soon.  Please let me know if you have any faves ๐Ÿ™‚

11 thoughts on “Sophie’s Irresistible Universe

    • Pam @hooksandhills says:

      Thanks – colours are an experiment, an interesting experience๐Ÿ˜„ I am into Part 4 now so will soon have finished the Garden part, I’m enjoying it so much too. Will you hook the Universe, do you think?


  1. Claire says:

    Oh this is gorgeous – I absolutely love Sophie’s Universe, and your colors are just fantastic! How exciting that Dedri commented on your Instagram, I don’t blame you for being super enthused! ๐Ÿ˜€ Are you going to make a full Sophie’s Universe blanket? ๐Ÿ™‚

    As for podcasts, I don’t listen to many, but I like Sandra from Cherry Heart’s podcast…it’s more like a YouTube channel though. I’ll have to check out the one you mentioned!

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    • Pam @hooksandhills says:

      Thanks – I love Sophie too, and yes I’m going the whole hog this time ๐Ÿ˜€ Colours are random which is a bit of an adventure and occasionally stresses me out lol but also so much fun! Will check out Cherry Heart cheers โ˜บ


  2. Tami says:

    So pretty and the colors are amazing!! I looked at this pattern when I was trying to decide what BIG project to do in little bits at a time. It came down to Sophie or Mandala Madness. I chose madness because I wanted to do a huge mandala. Plus the whole meditative aspect of mandala’s was perfect for what I was going for when I started my Mindful Mandala project. It is an intentional long term wip that I only pick up when I get stressed and need to recharge my “crojo”. I haven’t worked on it in about a month so I’m probably due soon. Sophie’s is definitely on my “someday” project list. But for now I can be satisfied watching as your beautiful Universe grows!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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